Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday

Yesterday's auction was a success, we said we were going to save four horses and we stuck to it. We would have loved to have saved all of them, but we have to stay responsible. But, it is very hard to sit and watch the Killer Buyer bidding on and getting the majority of the horses. So, once we have bid on the ones that we have chosen, we go outside. But, I still remember the really nice broodmares who were sent through and who ended up with the Killer. They were used for breeding throughout their lives and then finally were dumped at the auction and are now headed for slaughter. Why do people continue to over breed?


Of course, I know horses have to be bred. As long as horses are bred for a purpose, then it's great. But, the irresponsible breeding that is going on out there is CRAZY! At every auction, we see many 1-3 year old stud colts who have never even been handled going through the sale and selling for $10.00-$25.00 to the Killers. It is INSANE!!! Why are these surplus horses EVEN BEING BRED IN THE FIRST PLACE?


Why was little Spice ever born? She was dumped at the auction yard at approx 6 months of age- unwanted, uncared for, underfed, unhandled. The owner did not even care enough to even send her through the sale. I assume she would have just been given to the Killer after the auction to load onto his trailer. She has atrocious conformation, why in the world was she ever bred? What was the point?


The slaughter industry has allowed this type of irresponsible breeding to continue. It's given irresponsible people an out, a place to dump the year's surplus horses. I hope that when the slaughter option is finally taken away, these people will feel it in their wallets and finally, finally, feel the need to geld their horses and stop the vicious circle of over breeding...

But, enough of my rant. HUGE thanks to Tanya, Sharil and Sandi who helped us out at the UT auction. And kudos have to be given to Sandi who bravely battled two emaciated cows who were protecting Spice in one of the holding pens...


We had all of the new horses' hooves trimmed. They all stood quietly, although Bonanza needs some work with handling his hind feet. Harmony never blinked an eye, here she is getting trimmed.


We put fly masks on all four of them. Boone looks cute in his...

Bonanza is a sweet Palomino gelding...

Sandi spoiled little Spice, who after her initial hesitation, realized that the grooming felt good!



Blossom stares down some of the dogs...

Then spent a few hours with the Shiloh goat pack.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Dean dozed in the Super Gummie's Pen.

Daisy spent some time on the Cherry Pie grass.

Chia Pet went crazy for the trimmed hooves, here she tries to get Sharil.


Then Chia is spoiled by Sally.

Levi is doing great, his stifle is now unlocked and he is moving much much better. Here he is having some fun during turn out.

Sally and Sharil put another fly mask on Charlie.


4 comments:

the 4 D's said...

cant wait to be at the ranch this weekend

Amy said...

it is heartbreaking what these horses go through. it is just never ending. i wish you would have gotten more then 4 and the emaciated cows. i get so distressed reading your accounts of the auction. and this is just one auction out of hundreds where good horses and poor horses go to killers. i hope there is a horse heaven.

Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary said...

I wish we could have gotten more as well. But, we have to think of our resources and the horses already in the rescue. We have to stay at responsible numbers so that we are able to save more horses. It's the hardest thing to have to say "we just can't save that one"...

Sue said...

All I can say is Thank You for what you do.